Why The Library Rocks When You’re A Mom
by Kristilyn @ A Little Time To Read (@ReadingInWinter)
Do you know what’s really great when you have a job and don’t have any children? Disposable income! I could spend lots of money on books and fill up my shelves whenever I wanted to (well, providing the bills were paid, that is!). I look back at my monthly blog posts pre-children and I can’t believe the stacks of books I would get!
My shelves may still be overflowing, but the struggle is real now that I have kids and a budget. While I would love to go to a bookstore or online and buy ALL the books, I just can’t. Instead we have to get groceries, or diapers, or even just save money for a vacation! Plus, it’s great to teach the kids to save money, rather than spending it on everything we like.
That’s where the library comes in!
Here are some ways that the library ROCKS now that I’m a mom:
1. Having Online Content
Gone are the days where you have to go to the library to get your books. Now, I can take out books while sitting on the couch in my pjs and load them onto my ereader. This is great for when I’m in the new baby stage and up 3-4 times in the night feeding the baby, or just awake with the baby who won’t sleep! Turning on the lights and reading a physical book is out of the question when I’m trying to teach baby about nighttime.
2. Kids Activities
Eventually, the baby starts to grow up and we start to look for things to do outside of the house. My library was wonderful when my son was little because there were story time programs we could go to, free of charge. Not only was it a great place to bond with my boy, but it was a great place to meet other new moms! When I’m allowed to drive again (new baby recovery and all), we plan to look into programs for my now-toddler to do at the library, things like arts & crafts and story time. That way we all get out, the program is free, and he gets to have fun. Plus we might meet other moms who have toddlers and new babies!
3. Kids Content & Play Areas
There are so many wonderful play places in the surrounding area, but for a lot of them we either have to pay to get in, or they’re just too far away. Our local library has a great little play area for kids, plus computers just for kids, and tons and tons of kids books. My son knows exactly where to go when we go to the library! Plus, we kill two birds with one stone by playing at the library. We get to play and we get to get new books! And we save some money in the process. 🙂
4. Library Book Sales
This is one of my favorites. Since I love to buy books AND support my library, this is one of the fun ways to do both! We have so many libraries in our area and at some point of the year they all have book sales. Some are small and some are big, but they all give us the opportunity to get out of the house to look at books (one of my favourite things) and buy some affordable titles for our shelves. There’s one in the big city, too, that has books that are amazing quality for a great price – we can spend $30 and get lots of books for everyone.
Those are the four big things I love about my library now that I’m a mom. There are other things, too, like getting music the whole family likes through the online library apps, or movies, or even audiobooks that we can all listen to in the car. The great thing about the library is that it’s always growing and always coming up with modern ways to be useful. It’s not about the dusty old card catalog and getting only physical books anymore!
The thing I look forward to is watching my kids grow with the library. Right now they’re so little that they only get the tip of the iceberg when it comes to what the library has to offer. As they grow up there are fun things like movie nights, teen takeovers, book club, and so much more!
If you’re a new mom, an experienced mom, or maybe not a mom at all, I urge you to check out what your library has to offer. They really have something for everyone!
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